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The 10 Best lightweight moisturisers

It’s time to cast off the heavy-duty hydrators needed for winter and opt for something easily absorbed and non-greasy

Gemma Hayward
Sunday 21 April 2013 18:08 BST

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1. TLC Radiance Cream

There’s more to the Eve Lom brand than brilliant cleansers; its moisturisers should be taken just as seriously. Scented with rose, this cream has a thin, lotion-like texture, so is ideal for when only light moisturisation is needed. It leaves skin glowing and silky-smooth to the touch.


2. DayWear Advanced Multi-Protection AntiOxidant

Launched late last year, this great product can be used over your usual moisturiser if you need extra help, or by itself. Easily absorbed, it smooths the skin’s surface and helps protect against sun damage with an SPF50.

£33, Estée Lauder,

3. Vital multi active anti-age day cream

Aimed at more mature skin, this new anti-ageing cream contains soy extract which is said to help boost collagen production, thus reducing fine lines and spots. The cream also includes an SPF12.

£12.99, Nivea,

4. Active Moist

Dermalogica’s Active Moist has a ton of awards under its belt. It’s a good all-round moisturiser suitable for many skin types, and its sheer formula is extremely lightweight. It contains refreshing extracts of lemon and cucumber to aid healing and rehydrate thirsty skin.


5. Vanishing cream

Don’t let the overpowering aroma of Lush stores put you off the brand. This best-selling moisturiser has a legion of fans who swear by it. Helpful to those prone to spotty, excessively oily skin or oily T-zones, Vanishing Cream is packed full of essential oils and shea butter and has a sweet lavender scent.


6. Visibly Clear

Containing Neutrogena’s spot- preventing formula to keep blemishes at bay, this daily-use moisturiser is an inexpensive option for youthful skin. It’s oil-free so shouldn’t clog up pores and has a zingy pink grapefruit fragrance.

£4.99, Neutrogena,

7. HydraQuench Lotion SPF 15

When the weather can’t make up its mind, it’s difficult to find a moisturiser to suit. But the Clarins Hydraquench range has creams, gels and lotions to deal with most adverse conditions. This non-oily hydrating lotion is lightweight, so perfect for hotter periods and has the benefit of an SPF15.


8. 24hr Moisture Activator light cream

Decléor products smell wonderful, like luxury spas. This new product gives instant hydration and doesn’t leave skin feeling clogged. Ingredients include extracts of wild pansy, samphire and neroli essential oil, which have all been noted for their hydrating properties.


9. The Moisturising Lotion

Fear not, this lotion still contains the much-hyped “Miracle Broth” from Crème de La Mer, it is just presented in a lighter formulation, ideal for the summertime when a less-rich moisturiser is needed.


10. Ecological Compound

The Rolls-Royce of the skincare community, Sisley’s products are a dream to use. The Ecological Compound is a balancing treatment, thanks to its plant extract formula, that will leave your complexion revitalised.

£133, Sisley,

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